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Old 11-15-2013, 07:08 PM   #1
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New Boat Toy

Headed out to Angel Island this weekend on my first mooring buoy attempt and on my boat there is no option of picking up the buoy from the back and walking it forward. I was looking around the marketplace for the best option and decided on the new Robship Hook & Moor product.



Not the cheapest option but pretty happy with it so far. Appears very well made and a neat design. It passes you line through the moor ring and brings it back to the boat. I've seen it online for awhile but hadn't seen any reviews. After the weekend I'll give you my 2 cents worth. I did get the model that extends about 12 feet as I'm all on 10ft plus off the water at the bow. I'd be interested to hear results from anyone that has one. Mine ended up by around $150 delivered from Amazon, but the way it is built I'm pretty happy with that price.

If anyone is out at Angel Island Sun-Tues stop on by

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Old 11-15-2013, 08:00 PM   #2
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I've been curious about that design, Mark. Looks like it will pass your mooring line through without having to use a smaller line as with the "Happy Hooker". Look forward to your review.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:40 PM   #3
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Yeah I'm interested as well. Looking to buy a boat with a bow 8' above the water with no walk around decks. Let us know how it works! Sent from my iPhone using Trawler
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:49 PM   #4
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Ray, exactly correct it does pass the line through the mooring ring and returns it to the boat. But the review will be delayed. The admiral just called and we will be delaying our trip one week. But I have practiced in the boat and on the dock, but the test will be real thing, moving boat, moving ring and old man with a stick. I'll let you know
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:44 PM   #5
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I haven't seen this one before. I use the happy hooker clamped to the handle of a paint roller so that it screws onto a boat hook. So far so good but it is much easier with a ring that is sitting upright. Very challenging if the ring is laying down.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:52 PM   #6
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.. but the test will be real thing, moving boat, moving ring and old man with a stick ...
... and the strong currents running perpendicular to the mooring pairs in Ayala Cove.

Notice how the Coot is being pushed away between the fore and aft moorings:

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Old 11-16-2013, 12:29 AM   #7
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Man, I like clever toys, and this thing is clever.


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Old 11-16-2013, 01:12 AM   #8
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Ohhhhhh....that's cool! I've never seen that one before. That looks MUCH better than a Happy Hooker. Versatile and sturdy.

Next weekend, huh? Sounds pretty tempting!!!
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Old 11-16-2013, 01:22 AM   #9
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Very cool' I'll be asking for one from my inlaws for Christmas.
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:55 AM   #10
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Old 11-23-2013, 06:46 PM   #11
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How did it work this weekend, Mark? Got any pics?
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Old 11-23-2013, 08:10 PM   #12
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Old 11-24-2013, 02:46 AM   #13
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Hey Larry, am I on your Christmas list? I've been very nice!!
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I have one and it is awesome! No more hauling up the ring and wishing for a third hand. Even the Admiral likes to play with it.
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Old 11-24-2013, 10:38 PM   #15
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Just go back from Angel Island and this tool thing works great, I'd like to buy stock in the company. The trick will be to see how long it will last, but it appears well built and worked great. My bow is a good 10 feet off the water and with the pole extended, it worked great.

If someone is wondering what to put on the Xmas list, I suggest this tool.

The weather was great and their were plenty of mooring buoys and not a big crowd on the island. Took some bikes out with us and had a great ride around the island. Then we took the Whaler around the island just for a different view. This morning took the whaler over to Sausalito and Richardson Bay, the water was flat. So nice to have a decent sized tender that you feel safe just jumping into and heading out.
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Mark, no doubt I've got to save up and get me one of these "toys" even though it looks/functions like a valuable tool.
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Really cool! Thanks for the link.
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:39 PM   #18
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The Robship I ordered to makethe Admirals life easier. Just arrive today, is it well built/designed and works absolutely great in our test runs. Picking up mooring buoys will be a piece of cake this year........
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Old 02-22-2014, 01:03 AM   #19
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It is absolutely great to see something that works so well. I thought it was going to be like the infomercials and the demos at the fair where it always looks so easy but then when you get it home, you can't do anything with it. Glad to hear the rave reviews of members here.
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Old 02-22-2014, 10:58 AM   #20
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I think our money would be more cost effectively spent if we bought our "Admirals" presents for Christmas instead of tools. No wonder there's so many single guys on this forum. We hardly ever do buoys but when we do I'm the one hang'in over the bow fuss'in with the buoy ring.

Mark you're supposed to use only ONE buoy and leave the others for others.
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